Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose partner does Spunk seduce?

2. Who goes after whatever he wants, according to Elijah?

3. How can Spunk's job be described?

4. What do the men hear in the beginning of Chapter 2?

5. Where does Spunk lead the men in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Spunk seem to think the bobcat is?

2. Describe the setting for this story as given in the beginning of Chapter 1.

3. Describe the scene surrounding Joe's death.

4. Who is your favorite character in Chapter 1? Why?

5. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

6. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

7. Describe the relationship between Joe and Lena.

8. How do others in the town treat Spunk? Why do they treat him this way?

9. What does Walter think about Spunk killing Joe?

10. In what way does this story address justice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Hurston incorporate the concept of man versus self in the novel? Which character do you think is the best example of man versus self, and why?

Essay Topic 2

Identify at least three instances of foreshadowing in Hurston's novel. Why would these instances be included? How would the story change if they had not been included?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the concept of a tragic hero (or heroine). Describe one character in Hurston's book that you think can be described as a tragic hero, and explain what makes them fit the description. Why does Hurston decide to include this particular character in the book? What does he or she represent?

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